Creating a book from conception to publication is a craft that involves many hands and requires great skill and a structured process. During this process, your original manuscript is taken through various stages and different departments before you get the finished book. For each stage in the process, there is a member of our publishing team, qualified to address your particular concerns, whether they be contractual, developmental, editorial, or marketing-related. Below is a brief profile of the members of our team and their respective roles in the publication of your book, followed by a brief description of the different stages of the publishing process.
The Publisher is responsible for the success of the editorial programme. This includes business strat- egy, future publishing plans, and the acquisition and development of all products in print and digital formats.
2. Editorial Director
The Publishing Manager is assisted by Editorial Directors/List Managers, who manage our different publishing lists:
• Engineering, Science and Mathematics (ESM)
• Business and Economics (B&E)
• The Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), English Language Teaching (ELT), and
• Academic and Trade
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The Editorial Director/List Manager decides what books to sign, when to publish and revise them, and how to make their individual publishing list successful. The List Manager has the experience of the market and information about the competition in your area of work and is, therefore, the right person to advise you on the extent of your work and the depth of coverage suitable for your target audience.
3. Acquisitions Editor or Commissioning Editor
Your first point of contact at DJ Books Publications is usually the Acquisitions Editor or the Commissioning Editor. Each Acquisitions Editor is responsible for one or more publishing lists such as psychology, political science, English, economics, management, accounting, computer science, engineering, science or mathematics, and works under the supervision of the respective Senior Managing Editor. As a prospective author, you will discuss your proposed manuscript, its length and timing, and contractual issues with the Acquisitions Editor.
4. Rights Manager
The Acquisitions Editor will pass on the terms of publishing agreement, along with an estimated cost of the project, to the Rights Manager. The Rights Manager will create the contract and send it to you. You will be required to sign the contract and send it back to us. After we receive the signed contract from you, the Publishing Manager and the Rights Manager will sign on it and send one copy of the contract to you. After this, your proposed book will be assigned an ISBN.
5. Development Editor
Once a publishing agreement, or the contract, is signed, your project may be assigned to a Development Editor or your Commissioning Editor might continue to work with you till the manuscript is ready for production. If your project undergoes development, the Development Editor will contact you to provide important guidelines on manuscript preparation and the publishing process, as well as to establish a schedule for your writing and submission of the manuscript. The Development Editor is your principal contact from the moment you sign your contract to the completion of the manuscript and subsequent launch of the manuscript into production. Your Development Editor will investigate the market and competition, assist in creating a plan for the book, arrange reviews of the manuscript, and answer any of your queries (such as questions about permissions). Your Develop- ment Editor will also evaluate your drafts, offering ideas on how to refine the organization, content, pedagogical features, art and style and how to achieve the desired length.
6. Production Editor
Once your text is launched into production, the Production Editor gets the manuscript copyedited, sends editorial queries and gets the manuscript typeset. After typesetting, page proofs are generated and sent to you by the Production Editor. The Production Editor also handles the proofreading and the indexing of your text. After the index is created, the print-ready files are generated and these are handed over to the Manufacturing Department for printing.
7. Manager – Product Marketing
Once your text is in production, a Marketing Manager or a Product Specialist may get in touch with you to finalize the details of the book’s marketing plan. The Marketing Manager may also request further involvement from you to help support our sales efforts for your book.
8. Promotions Coordinator
While your project is in production, a Promotions Coordinator may contact you to verify material that we prepare about your book for inclusion in catalogues, flyers or other promotional material.
9. Sales Staff
The Sales Managers and Sales Representatives will be on the ‘front line’ selling your book. To be most effective, they may contact you for specific information or ask you to make a special appearance at a particular institution to promote your book.
All these members of the publishing team contribute in their specific area of expertise as your project passes through the various stages of the publishing process.